Patrick Graff is awarded the AERA Dissertation Grant

Congratulations to CREO Graduate Student/Ph.D.Candidate and ND PIER Burns Fellow Patrick Graff on the award of an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Dissertation Grant.

The $25,000 grant provides support the advanced doctoral students doing analysis of large scale data and writing doctoral dissertations. Patrick will be using the award to fund an additional year with CREO and PIER while completing his dissertation "Trust in Teachers: The Role of Teacher Experience and Relational Trust is Schools. He will examine how teacher experience and relationships matter for student behavior, achievement, and teacher retention. Patrick will utilize Indiana state administrative records on approximately 500,000 students and 60,000 teachers per year from 2012-2018 in traditional public, charter, and private schools.

Linked to these data, he will also utilize a statewide representative survey of 570 principals and 5,300 teachers collected in the spring of 2017. This dissertation will extend the use of these data to answer questions about new teachers, new teacher effects on students, teacher retention, and the social conditions of schools with high levels of teacher turnover.

Best wishes to Patrick as he works through his final year of his dissertation!